Worship Guide for Sunday, February 21st

Logo-FinalWorship is the lifeblood of the church. It’s the very reason for our existence, to glorify God the Father in the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Singing on Sunday mornings in a worship gathering is just one small part of that, but it’s an important and vital part. We are commanded to sing together, and this weekly post is designed to help you prepare to do that.

The apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian church to not be like the pagans in their misguided worship but to “be filled with the Spirit.” How do we do that? He tells us that as well.

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV)

When we gather for corporate worship we are to encourage one another by singing. Singing together, according to Paul is the means by which we are filled with the Spirit of God. The following is a brief summary of how we do that each week. 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Revelation)

Christian worship is the rhythm of revelation and response. God reveals himself to us and we respond in worship. The revelation of God in the Scriptures is what fuels and informs our worship. So, we begin our services with liturgical elements (i.e. Scripture readings, songs, responsive readings, etc.) that reveal something about the character of God and who he is for us in Christ Jesus.

Scripture Exhortation 

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

-Psalm 8 (ESV)

Song: Oh Our Lord by All Sons & Daughters

Lyrics:

Oh, oh, oh, our Lord! Oh, oh, oh, our Lord!!
How majestic is Your name in all the Earth

We behold the rising sun.
The earth awakes, Your hope has come
We look to You, we long for You, oh Lord
We behold the breaking dawn.
The light that shines over everyone
We behold the breaking dawn.
The light that shines over everyone
We look to You, we long for You, oh Lord

Oh, oh, oh, our Lord! Oh, oh, oh, our Lord!
How majestic is Your name in all the Earth

We behold the falling rain,
Like waters rise, flood this place
We reach for You, we cling to You, oh Lord!

Oh, oh, oh, our Lord! Oh, oh, oh, our Lord!
How majestic is Your name in all the Earth

Oh Your name is a light in the darkness
Oh Your name is the word of truth
Oh Your name, oh Your name

Song: There Is A Fountain by Austin Stone Worship

Lyrics: 

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

CORPORATE PRAYER Confession of Sins

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (ESV)

Confession of sins and assurance of our pardon in Christ through the gospel are essential to Christian worship. On the one hand, if we revel in the glories of the good news that God is for us in the death of his Son without acknowledgment of sin our gospel is weak, nothing more than moral-therapeutic deism. On the other hand, if we know the holiness of God and if our hearts droop under the weight of our own sinfulness without knowing the free grace of God that brings salvation to sinners we miss the point of the cross altogether. It is because we are sinners that Christ came to redeem, and it is because we acknowledge our guilt in repentance that we by faith obtain the promise of forgiveness in Christ. Without both confession of sin and rejoicing in assurance of pardon our worship of God is incomplete.

Assurance of Pardon

Sometimes the hardest thing for us to believe is that if we are in Christ then God no longer punishes or demands payment for our sins. The reality is, however that when God the Father looks at one of his broken, sinful and often rebellious children he sees them, not in wrath and anger but in mercy and grace; God sees us as he sees his perfect Son, who died, was buried, and raised the third day for our redemption.

If our faith and hope is in Christ alone then our sins are forgiven and we are free from sin and all its penalties. Let us always hope in the mercy of God that is for us through the death and resurrection of our Savior King, Jesus, by whom we who were once his enemies have been made friends.

Song: All I Have Is Christ by Sovereign Grace Worship

Lyrics:

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

GOSPEL INSTRUCTION (Proclamation)

Message: Jason McNutt (James)

Pastoral Prayer & Communion Instruction

“On the night he was betrayed Jesus took bread, and broke it, and said, “This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, in remembrance of me.”

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV)

As Jesus instructed we observe the ordinance of communion every time we gather. There is not a clearer picture of the gospel than the bread and wine of the Lord’s supper. We believe that this communion is not only a mere memorial, a remembrance of what Jesus did for us at the cross, but that, in the context of the gathering of the saints communion is a type of spiritual nourishment whereby we feast upon the goodness and mercy of our Lord in the Spirit, as we remember that he died on our behalf.

Communion Song: In Christ Alone by Keith & Kristin Getty

Lyrics:

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.

ADORATION, PRAISE, THANKSGIVING (Response)

Offering (Worship Through Generosity)

“Do not be arrogant or put your hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share. In this way you will lay up treasure for yourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that you may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV-paraphrased)

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). Taking Jesus at his word and knowing that God desires our hearts above all else we give. We practice generosity in every area of our lives (including our finances), not because we are working to earn favor with God, but because Jesus has earned God’s favor for us by freely giving his life for ours. So, we seek to worship God with our time, our talents, and our money.

Tithes & offerings can also be given through our online community called The City.

Song of Response: Let Your Kingdom Come by Austin Stone Worship

Lyrics:

Give us a love for peace
Move us to brokenness
Our generosity,
Release from poverty
Your Kingdom here and now
To the least of these
Distribute what we have
That all may taste and see

Let Your Kingdom come
Let Your will be done
All the Earth will say
And echo angels’ praise
That You are God

So let the sick run free
The orphan find her home
The captured man will know
Release from slavery
Your Kingdom here and now
To the least of these
Distribute what we have
That all may taste and see

We pray and ask for hope
We pray and ask for peace
We pray and ask for justice
We pray and ask for You

All the Earth will say
And echo angels’ praise
That You are God

CLOSING (Challenge and Commission)

Gospel Charge: Go live “Life Between Sundays”

Our vision is that every man, woman and child in Dripping Springs has the chance to experience the life-transforming power of Jesus. 

We believe this can be accomplished as we build a community of people that are integrating the life transforming power of Jesus into everyday life. We call this Life Between Sundays. We fulfill this purpose by intentional living and taking the gospel with us everywhere we go. Faith is not an event or duty we fulfill on Sunday mornings but the character and lifestyle we exhibit everyday in all circumstances. Monday is just as important as Sunday.

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